Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Julia’s 10K Video Blog Hop - Congrats Julia!!


Hello everyone,

Long time no see, but I'm back for at least this one post. Life has gotten its take, and I haven't really have time for crafting for long time now. I've missed crafting, but I have to admit that I have really enjoyed summer time and outdoors with my girls.



Today I have a very special reason to make card, my dear online friend Julia from One more card, is having her birthday today and I really would love to wish her the most beautiful birthday. Julia has the most enjoyable youtube channel - I know if I'm down or just having bad day, I usually go and watch one of her tutorial. I just love her sense of humour and her tutorials are also so informative!

We are having a bloghop to celebrate Julia's birthday and her Youtube channel. If you came from super talented and nice Michelle Short's blog, you are on a right track. If you wish to start from the beginning, please start from Julia's blog.

I know Julias loves simple design, so I tried to keep it simple. I have to admit, I haven't touched my copics or pencils since early May, I have to admit I am a bit rusty, but I enjoyed my time crafting and I hope you like my very simple card.



PRIZES

Anyone can be a winner! Everyone who leaves a  comment by July 31 midnight enters into the drawing, and the winners will be announced August 1 on Just One More Card . There will be a total of 13 prizes up for grabs.







GET HOPPING


Next on the hop is amazingly talented Nichol Magouirk, I also list all the talented ladies here as well for your convenience


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are having a great day!

Friday, 27 May 2016

Altenew and Tombow USA collaboration Blog Hop

Hello,

Today I'm participating on a collaboration blog hop between Altenew and Tombow USA. If you came from Jennie Garcia, blog you are on a right track. If not, please start at the beginning of the hop from Tombow USA blog. I know my teammates and Tombow team as well, have been wonderfully creative with this hop, so there's gonna be a lot of inspiration for you - and a chance to win prizes as well.




I've taken these collaboration hops as a challenge for me and I've tried to go out of my comfort zone. Although these markers pegged for me to color with them, I stayed strong and did something else. I was very positively surprised, how well you can stamp with these Tombow Dual Brush Markers - I haven't tried these pens before and my experience with stamping with (different brand's) markers hasn't been so good but I really loved the result what I was able to gain with these. For the flower I used Altenew Buttercream Crisp Die Ink but the leaves and the outline of the flower is stamped with a Tombow markers. Also, the center of the flower is stamped also with three different shades and just loved the result what I was able to gain very easily. 


I used Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to adhere my card panel to my card base. I die cut the center panel and adhered a piece of fun foam with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue I used Tombow Adhesive dots to adhere the flower to my panel.


Supplies:
Stamps: Spring Daisy and Beautiful Quotes by Altenew.
Dies: Spring Daisy Die by Altenew and Stiched Rectangles by MFT.
Paper: Spicy Yogurt Card Stock by Altenew

Tombow Dual Brush Pen Set, 10 Muted: Chocolate (969), Burnt Sienna (947), Yellow Gold (026).
Inks: Buttercream Altenew Crisp Die Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Yellow Enamel Dots different sizes

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue
Tombow Adhesive Dots 
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive


GIVEAWAY
There are TWO $30 Tombow USA prize packs and TWO $30 Altenew gift certificates to be win. Winners will be picked randomly from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop left by June 3rd. Winners will be announced on the Tombow USA and Altenew blogs on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

GET HOPPING
Next on the hop is wonderfully talented Smitha Katti, I also included all participants on the hop in case you encounter a broken link. Have fun hopping!


Thanks for stopping by today! 

Marika

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hummingbird with copics and coloured pencils

Hello my dear friends,


First, I'd like to thank you for your patience. I've been really MIA in the crafting world, my real life has gotten very very busy and I haven't had a really chance to create anything. I'm hoping that in the near future things will change but we'll see. 



A couple of months ago, I was contacted and asked if I'd like to do a guest post for Wplus9. Guess what my creation was to that email - of course! I also have a little secret to share: I adore Dawn's designs and colouring skills and she's been one of the biggest inspiration to me to start to improve my colouring. Now I had a chance to guest for her and that gave me a bit of pressure. Hopefully I made you proud Dawn with this card, I really loved playing with your products and I really enjoyed colouring these beautiful images. 



I also made this into a video tutorial. You can watch it here or in HD in YouTube.




Supplies:
Stamps: Flora and Fauna 2 and Ranunculus
Inks: Hayride and Coconut Husk Pure Color Die Inks
Wplus9 Enamel Dots Autumn Splendor Red

Paper: Canson Bristol Smooth Card Stock 250gms/110lb
Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
Scotch Advanced Tape Glider 
Scotch 3M Foam Tape

Copic Markers: YR31 - YR21 - E31, E35 - E57 - E47 - E40 - E41 - E42 - E43 - YR15 - YR18


Faber Castell Polychrome Pencils: Ivory (103), Raw Umber (180), Bistre (179), Burnt Ochre (187), Burnt Sienna (283), Van-Dyck-Brown (176), Nougat (178), Walnut Brown (177), Dark Cadmium Orange (115), Naples Yellow (185), Warm Grey III (272), Cold Grey V (234), Cold Grey (235), Black (199)

Have a great day!

Marika

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Something amazing just happened...

Good Evening,


I've had this little secret for a while and today I'm able to share it with you. Jennifer contacted me a a few months back and she asked if I wanted to make a guest video on her channel.. I think I literally stopped  breathing for a while while reading that email. I think this is the biggest achievement in my crafting "career" and I felt so honoured just to be asked.  

I've been following Jennifer for a long and she is the kindest person I know in the crafting community. I think she is just an angel on Earth and I believe we all should follow her by giving away a little bit of kindness every day. Thank you so much, Jennifer! Hopefully I made you proud with my guest video. 

I made this card here:






Supplies:
Stamps: Lacy Scrolls and Fresh Freesia fby Altenew
Dies: Pierced Rectangles by My Favourite Things
Inks: Black Soot Distress Ink, Versafine Onyx Black
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: English Lavender, Dull Blue
Card Stock: Daler and Rowney Cold Pressed Aquiline Texture Watercolour Paper 140lb, Simon Says Stamp Smoke Card Stock
Detailer Zig BrusH2O Waterbrush by Kuretake
White Vellum 
Superfine Clear Embossing Powder by Ranger
Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue
3M Scotch Foam Tape
Irresistible by Image Crafts: Tuxedo Black and Silver

Thank you for stopping by today and sharing this wonderful day with me! I think I can't stop smiling tonight.. :)

Hugs,
Marika

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Chloe from Purple Onion Designs

Hello my crafting friends,


Today I have a card made with Purple Onion Designs stamps. I'm so glad I finally got this video edited and ready for you. I used Chloe - a bunny with a flower - and Bloom No.2 stamps to create my card today. In the video I am concentrating on how to colour a fur and add texture to it to make it look more realistic. I used my go-to colouring technique: copics combined to coloured pencils. Here's my card:





I made this into a video tutorial, you can watch it here or in HD in Youtube.


Supplies:
Stamps: Chloe (bunny with flower) and Bloom No.2 
Inks: Memento Desert Sand, Versamark
Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder by WOW!

Copic markers: Chloe: E40 - E41 - E42, Shirt: R00 - R21 - R32, Flowers: E000 - Y21 - YR21 - YR23, Leaves: YG91 - YG93 - YG95


Faber-Castell Polychrome Pencils: Chloe: Ivory (105), Burnt Ochre (187), Raw Umber (180), Burnt Sienna (283), Shirt: Light Flesh (132), Medium Flesh (131), Dark Red (225), Flower: Cream (102), Dark Cadmium Yellow (108), Van-Dyck-Brown (176), Dark Cadmium Orange (115), Cadmium Orange (111), Leaves: May Green (170), Earth Green Yellowish(168), Olive Green Yellowish (173)


Thanks for stopping by!

Marika

Friday, 8 April 2016

Altenew 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop

Hello!


Today I'm so thrilled to be part of Altenew's 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop Celebration. You know, I'm a newbie in the crafting world and I'm kind embarrassed to let you know that I wasn't even crafting at the time of their first blog hop. My hubby went to the US in June that year and I placed my first order for Simon then. I remember that I long went back and forth whether should I order Magnolias for her- set or not. I was so drooling over the beautiful flowers but I wasn't sure if I could ever colour them properly. Well, I decided to order them after all and it has become one of my all time favourites from Altenew. 

A year later, Tasnim took me under her loving wings despite of my inexperience in crafting and ever since Altenew has felt like home to me. Thank you so much Tasnim and Jennifer for letting me be part of your Team! It's really been a blast and I've loved every moment of it! Hopefully we have many more years to come ahead of us.

To celebrate Altenew, I made a card with my favourite stamp set and had a blast in colouring it. Hope you like it! 






I made this into a video tutorial, you can watch it here or in HD in YouTube




Supplies:
Stamps: Magnolia for her, Wild Hibiscus and Winter Cardinal
Dies: Magnolia for her die
Inks: Altenew Frosty Pink, Morning Frost and Evening Grey Crisp Inks, Versafine Onyx Black

Copic markers: RV00 - RV91 - RV93


Faber-Castell Polychrome Pencils: Light Magenta (119), Magenta (133), White (101), Warm Grey I (270), Warm Grey III (272), Warm Grey (275), Cold Grey (233)


GIVEAWAY
Leave comments along the way for the opportunity to win one of THREE prize packs valued at over $100 from Altenew!


There are 8 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:


Be sure to leave comments on each stop by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win! 13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Apr 14th.





ALTENEW SPECIAL OFFERS

  • First 100 orders : 1 free mini stamp set (Starting April 7th at 9:00 AM EST)
  • Orders over $75 : 1 free mini stamp set (Now through Sunday, April 10, 2016)



GET HOPPING
Hopefully you arrived wonderfully talented Melanie Deasy's blog, if not please start at the beginning from Altenew blog. Next on the hop is Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. 






Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Marika


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sending Mini Blossoms on your way..

Hello,

I'm over at Altenew blog today. I made this first card and I kinda liked it so much that I redid it and made it to an video tutorial. On the second one I used Shimmer Mist and sprayed that to my entire background and that gave it really beautiful shine. 







I made this into a video tutorial, you can watch it here or in HD in YouTube. I also have visitor on this one.. turned out to be a less of a hassle than I thought it would be. 




Supplies:
Stamps: Mini Blossoms and Thinking of You from Altenew
Inks: Altene Soft Lilac, Morning Frost, Evening Grey and Moon Rock Crisp Inks, Versafine Onyx Black and VersaMark
Clear Matt Dull Embossing Powder from Wow!
Black Copic Multiliner 0.5
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkel from  Imagine Crafts
Glossy Accents from Ranger
Tomboy Multi Mono Liquid Glue
EK Tools Powder Tool

Copic Markers: V20 - V22 - V25 - V28


Thank you for stopping by today. Have an amazing day!

Hugs,
Marika

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Altenew Birch Land with watercolour stamping

Hello,


Today I'm over at Altenew blog to share a card that I made using Birch Land stamp set and watercolour stamping. Here are two examples using the same technique. On the first one I used Distress inks and on the second one I used Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers for stamping and blended the stamped images with water brush.


Watecolor stamping with Distress Inks

Watecolor stamping with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
I made the second card for a video tutorial. You can watch it here or in HD in Youtube.





Supplies:
Inks: Black Soot, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Fryed Burlap, Gathered and Tumbled Glass Twigs Distress Inks, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Altenew Pale Gray Card Stock, Daler & Rowney Watercolour Paper 190g/m2 /90lb
Derwent Waterbrush no.2 and Kuretake water brush small

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Mid Green (046), Olive Green (043), Yellow (050), Brick Beige (075), Black (010)

Monday, 21 March 2016

Altenew March Blog Hop Winners

Hello,

I'm here to announce the winner of the Altenew March Blog Hop. I used random generator to draw the winner and the winner is:

Wow! I love these cards! The birch trees with the moon card is awesome. So is the monochromatic cabin and snow scene.

Congratulations! Please send an email at winner@altenew.com with the subject line March 2016 blog hop winner Marika, and we will set you up the prize.

Thank you all for the kind and sweet encouragement on my first set. It was so lovely to read the comments left on my blog. Thank you.

Have a great day! I'll be back soon with another card.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Altenew March 2016 Release Blog Hop

Hello!




Today I have the most exciting news to share. Way back last year, Tasnim asked if I was interested designing stamps.. well, my first impression was.. me... are you really talking to me about this? Well, I kinda laughed at the whole idea at first, but then I started to think and sketch and you know... things evolved. This whole stamp design thing has been such a big learning curve for me, I had to learn to sketch, trace and above all, I needed to learn how to use Illustrator to be able to get my hand drawn images into digital form... I've been nervously waiting this day to come and I'm so hoping that you'd like my designs.

When we first talked designing stamps with Tasnim, she asked me to do something from my own culture. I started to think about it and when I need to think.. I need to walk too. I went to a walk with Simo, who is a dog of my dear friend - he's so cute by the way - and I thought about what would be something from my culture and of course since this is my first set, I also wanted it to be sort of personal since I knew already at that point that I will put many hours to this thing if I was gonna do this. While walking in the forests with Simo I looked around and had this flashback moment from my youth. We used to have a dog - Cecilia. She was a Tibetan Terrier and she was amazing. I used to take walks with her and we usually went to this little place near my childhood home - it was our place to calm down and sat down for a moment. My childhood home is by the lake and on the other side of the lake there is this little peninsula which is the most beautiful and the most peaceful place - at least to me. It only grows birch trees in that peninsula and we used to sat down to a grass bed with Cecilia and listen to the waves slowly hit the sand with birds singing on the back. Nowadays, someone had brought a bench to that place so I think there's at least one more person who also loves that place. 

So that was the inspiration to my first ever set. While designing, I also wanted to make a  set that was useable for many different kind of techniques since we all love to do different kinds of things. I'm sharing two of my cards today that I have made with my set and later this week and weeks to come, I'll be sharing more and I will make them into video tutorials as well. So, if you don't want to miss them, please subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

I'm also participating in the Altenew March 2016 release Blog Hop and if you came from my amazingly talented and sweet teammate May Park's blog, you're on the right track. If not, please start at the Altenew blog.






Supplies:
Stamps: Birch Land,  Garden Grow and Succulents.
Inks: Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Altenew Crisp Inks, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Hammer White Paper 100gsm by Soho Creative






Supplies:

Stamps: Birch Land, To the Moon, Winter Cardinal and Sketchy Cities America 2.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Inks, Fairy Dust Pure Color Dye Ink, SSS Smoke Dye Ink
Superfine Clear Embossing Powder from Ranger
White Jelly Roll Pen

Copic Markers: 0 - N0 - N1 - N3 - N5 - N7


I used three shades of grey ink to stamp the images and then I took my copic multi-liner and added the black details to the cottage and to the trees. To create a sky I used a cool grey marker (copics) and added the snow with white gelly roll pen. 

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Cottage, Snowing and Pine Tree
Inks: Fairy Dust Pure Color Dye Ink, SSS Smoke Dye Ink, Jet Black Altenew Crisp Ink
Black Copic Multiliner 0.1
Copic Markes: C0 - C1 - C3
White Jelly Roll Pen

Copic Markers: C0 - C1 - C3


GIVEAWAY
To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificate to three lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Friday March 18th, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win.

And there is more! I will randomly choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be $30 gift certificate to Altenew online store. Please leave a comment on this post by Friday March 18th, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on my blog after soon after.

GET HOPPING!
Hopefully you are having fun hopping. Next on the hop is fabulous and so sweet and kind Svetlana HayevichIf you encounter a broken link along the hop, please start at the beginning from Altenew blog.

I really hope you liked what you saw. Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day!

Hugs,
Marika